Lands, Natural Resources & Environment

Bejerano Family Challenges Ministry’s Eviction Order in Toledo District

The Bejerano family in the Toledo District continues to fight against what they say is
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Land Dispute: John Bejerano Claims Ownership, BDF Evicts

John Bejerano has gone on public record indicating that he is being evicted from land
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120 House Lots Allocated in Rural Stann Creek

120 house lots were distributed in rural Stann Creek yesterday.  Each lot measures ten thousand
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Belize Awaits ICJ Date for Territorial Dispute with Guatemala

Belize is currently awaiting a date to be set by the International Court of Justice
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Historic Achievement: Belize Ratifies UN Ocean Biodiversity Agreement

Belize has made history by being the first Caribbean nation to officially ratify the groundbreaking
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Park Rangers Now Certified Special Constables: Enhancing Protected Area Patrols

Thirty-one park rangers, who patrol protected areas, are now certified special constables after completing a
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Indigenous Groups Denounce Government’s New Director of Indigenous People’s Affairs

The Maya Leader Alliance (MLA) and the Toledo Alcalde’s Association (TLA) are denouncing the appointment
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First-Time Landowners Visit Properties in Dangriga Town Distribution

Dozens of first-time landowners from the Culture Capital, Dangriga Town, were able to visit their
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Belize Port Authority Probes Overturned Patrol Vessel Incident off Ambergris

The Belize Port Authority (BPA) is investigating a marine incident in the waters just off
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Illegal Road Discovered in Columbia River Forest Reserve Raises Concerns

Since last week, we’ve been covering the issue of illegal roads stretching from Guatemala into
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APAMO Raises Concerns Over Development Near Protected Areas

While the FCD is concerned about the roads leading from Guatemala into protected areas, the
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Belize Territorial Volunteers Demand Action Over Illegal Road in Chiquibul

The Belize Territorial Volunteers is calling on all environmental stakeholders to take tangible action following
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Oil Exploration Revives in Belize After Nearly Two Decades

It has been almost twenty years since an oil company struck oil in Belize, but
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Oil exploration continues in Belize

There’s big news brewing for the Belize oil industry, as two companies are expected to
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Chiquibul National Park Shows Signs of Recovery, says FCD

Friends of Conservation and Development (FCD), the NGO that co-manages the Chiquibul National Park, says
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Team Slim and Trim Claims Victory Again in the Belikin

Team Slim and Trim Like Guava Limb are now two-time champions of the Belikin La
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Department of Environment Applauds Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River

The Department of the Environment has tipped its hat off to the producers, participants and
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Belize Gears Up for Oil Spill Response with National Workshop

Several representatives from Government and non-government organizations are being equipped with the knowledge on effectively
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Belize to receive grant funding under GCF CARICOM Project

Belize will be one of the beneficiaries of a regional project by the Green Climate
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PACT Grants Financial Aid to Natural Resource Students, Boosting Education

11 students who are pursuing a degree within the Natural Resource sector were provided with
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Belize Receives $250 Million Grant for Education and Energy Sectors

There is another grant that Belize is benefiting from, this time, through the Millennium Challenge
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Former Lands Minister Evades Inquiry, Refuses to Answer Dozens of

There were more than 12 questions that the former Lands Minister declined to answer, on
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Senate Inquiry Heats Up: Hugo Patt Alleges Senator of Received

Finally, from today’s Senate Inquiry, was an exchange between Patt and Senator Kevin Herrera.  In
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New River Recovery Progress Notable but Ongoing

The Ministry of Natural Resources says that the New River in Orange Walk still has
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Belize, Mexico, Guatemala Collaborate on Water Resource Management Project

The National Hydrology Service gathered with local and regional stakeholders today for a workshop on
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Belizean NGOs Receive Funding for Natural Resource Conservation Projects

The Belize Nature Conservation Foundation (BNCF) and Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) have provided much-needed
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Belize Tourism Board Initiates Major Upgrades to Recreational Areas in

Two recreational areas in the Cayo District are getting major upgrades thanks to the Belize
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Belize Audubon Society Hosts Great Backyard Bird Count Event

 Over the weekend the Belize Audubon Society held the Great Backyard Bird Count, a community
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San Pedro Columbia Village Rejects Mayan Land Rights Policy

In recent weeks, we’ve seen numerous Mayan communities from southern Belize clamor for communal land
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Milestone Reached: Agreement Signed for Oil Exploration in Southern Belize

An agreement was signed between the government, US Capital Energy and Conejo Village this morning
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NY Times Delves into Belize-Guatemala Border Dispute: BTV Confrontation Highlighted

The New York Times has published an article on the confrontation between the Belize Territorial
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Dredging Suspension: Government Responds to Placencia Fisher Concerns

The Minister of Natural Resources says the government has listened to the concerns of Placencia
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Government Suspends Dredging at Will Bauer Flats Following Protests

The government has listened to concerns raised by a group of southern fishermen and the
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Belize Launches Investment and Business Climate Action Plan

Several stakeholders gathered to officially activate the Belize Investment and Business Climate Action Plan (BIBCAP)
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Area Rep for Lake I comments on Gertrude Hunter Situation

The land dispute of sixty-one-year-old, Gertrude Hunter, landed her in court yesterday on several charges
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Southern Belize Communities Engage in Draft Mayan Customary Land Rights

Over the weekend, the government continued consultations on the Draft Mayan Customary Land Rights Policy
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Deputy PM weighs in on Maya Land Rights Policy

Deputy Prime Minister, Cordel Hyde, also weighed in on the land rights policy today and
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GOB meets with the media on Maya Customary Land Rights

The Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs invited the media today to an educational session on
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Government Responds to Maya Lands Issue Amid Accusations of Politicization

In this morning’s session with the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, the government also weighed in
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Minister Dolores Balderamos – Garcia weighs in on Indian Creek

Since the start of the week, we’ve been following the situation in Indian Creek Village
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Chan Pine Ridge Community Divided Over Land Subdivision Proposal

Villagers in Chan Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District, are divided over plans to subdivide the
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Orange Walk East Representative Partners with Ministry for Land Distribution

The Area Representative of Orange Walk East is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources
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Caribbean Shores Residents Become First-Time Landowners in Ministry Initiative

One hundred residents of the Caribbean Shores are now first-time landowners. The recipients were granted
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DFC Seeks Green Climate Fund Accreditation for Sustainable Development

The Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is seeking accreditation with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  The
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Minister Francis Fonseca reiterates needs for Maya Land Rights Issue

The issue surrounding Maya Customary Lands has been dragging out for years.  In some instances,
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Belmopan Mayor Delivers Land Titles to Past Queen of the

Belmopan’s Mayor, Sheran Palacio, has delivered on a promise made back in 2018 to the
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Department of the Environment Donates Weed Cutters to Ministry of

The Department of the Environment donated fifteen weed cutters to the Ministry of Infrastructure Development
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Belize Partners with Stanford University, IDB for Natural Resource Monetization

Belize is looking to monetize its natural resources.  This endeavor is coming about through a
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Coral Bleaching Continues to Threaten Belize’s Barrier Reef

Belize’s Barrier Reef System was taken off the endangered list back in 2018; however, the
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Mayan Communities Demand Government Meeting Over Land Policy Rejection

Tonight, tensions in the south remain high as several Mayan communities are demanding a meeting
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Maya Leader’s Address Sparks Controversy at Santa Elena Meeting

Of all the addresses delivered on Saturday at the Santa Elena meeting, the remarks made
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Technical Workshop Held to Develop INFF Action Plan

The Government of Belize is working to establish an Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) to
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Fisheries Department Expands Fleet Through Blue Bond Funding:

The Fisheries Department has added one more vehicle and an outboard engine to its fleet
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Belize Celebrates Two Years of Blue Bond Agreement: Significant Debt

After two years of achieving one of the largest debt-for-nature swaps in the world, the
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Project Finance for Permanence Unit working with NGOs to access

Since the inception of the Blue Bond, the government has provided over fourteen point six
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Belize’s ‘Resilient Bold Belize’ Project Aims to Raise Over $160

Under the Blue Bond initiative, the government is moving to establish a Project Finance for
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Government of Belize to Invest in Coast Guard and Fisheries

The Government of Belize is investing heavily in the Belize Coast Guard and the Belize
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Government Moves to Finalize Marine Spatial Plan: Aims to Govern

The government is moving to finalize its Marine Spatial Plan (MSP). The legally enforceable policy
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Government Approves Land De-reservation in Dangriga for First-Time Land Owners

Government has approved the de-reservation of a portion of land in Dangriga that will be
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Belize Barrier Reef sees one of the worst coral bleaching

Belize boasts the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere but like others around the
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Land Gift Initiative: 350 Employees at Ready Call Center BPO

350 employees at Ready Call Center BPO are now first-time landowners through the Land Gift
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Belize gains access to $122m Adaptation Fund

Belize has gained access to as much as 122 million Belize dollars in grants for
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Outcry in Succotz Village as 200-Year-Old Tree Chopped Up

A piece of history for Succotz Village, Cayo District, was tampered with over the weekend,
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Belize Observes World Fisheries Day Under the Theme “Build Enabling

Today, Belize has joined countries around the world in observing World Fisheries Day. The day
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DOE Investigates Yacht Grounding in Belize Waters; Fines Possible

The Department of the Environment has commenced an investigation into the grounding of a yacht
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Environmental Clearance Granted for Eco-Resort on Angelfish Caye Despite Concerns

The Department of the Environment (DOE) has granted environmental clearance for the construction of an
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Belize Aggressor IV Yacht Runs Aground in Lighthouse Reef Atoll:

This morning, the Belize Aggressor IV, a 115-foot-long yacht, ran aground in the Lighthouse Reef
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Government of Belize Moves Forward with Implementation of Caribbean Court

The Government of Belize is moving forward with the implementation of the Consent Order issued
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Government to Reopen Discussions on Land Dispute Between Yemeri Grove

Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Dolores Balderamos Garcia says that the government has to reopen
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Controversial Referendum Amendment Bill 2023 Signed into Law, Quashing Oceana’s

The Referendum Amendment Bill 2023 has been signed into law by the Governor General after
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Public Service Union Advocates for Government Reacquisition of Unused Lands

Another subject brought to the forefront by the Public Service Union is the matter of
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Caye Caulker Residents Demand Action Against Illegal Beach Developments

Following today’s unfortunate incident on Caye Caulker, residents are calling on the government to address
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Land Dispute Between Yemeri Grove and Laguna Villages in Toledo

The land dispute saga between the villages Yemeri Grove and Laguna in the Toledo District
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Nominations Open for James A. Waight Environmental Conservation Award

The Belize Audubon Society is looking for the 38 James A. Waight winner. Prestigious award
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Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs Addresses Ethnic Tensions in South

The Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs met with several non-Mayan Villages yesterday to discuss the
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GOB says it will have to limit claims of Maya

The Government of Belize says it will have to limit the number of lands being
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Dangriga Area Representative Empowers Constituents with Land Documents

Dangriga Area Representative Dr. Louis Zabaneh handed out over a hundred land documents yesterday to
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Government of Belize Issues Land Documents to Dangriga Residents

As a follow-up to the recent land clinics that were being held in the south,
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Former Prime Minister speaks on Maya Communal Land Rights issue

Tensions between residents of Yemeri Grove and Laguna have subsided, for now, since the government
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Land Dispute in Krooman Lagoon Area Reaches Critical Point

For years, we’ve reported on land disputes in the Krooman Lagoon area between squatters and
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Minister Of Home Affairs speaks on Yemeri Grove Land Issue

Yesterday, several rural communities in the Toledo District banded together to speak about what they
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Mobile Land Clinic Assists Over 400 Residents with Land Issues

The Ministry of Natural Resources wrapped up a 2-day mobile land clinic yesterday where they
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Kriol, East Indian and Garifuna community leaders unite amid ongoing

Two weeks ago, a peace agreement was reportedly brokered between the residents of Yemeri Grove
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Dangriga Residents Receive Land Services in Effort to Address Land

Land services are provided in Dangriga. Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde and the Land Department
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Mobile Land Clinic in Dangriga to Address Land Issues for

Minister of Natural Resources, Cordel Hyde, will be in Dangriga Town for the next two
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Oceana Honors Belizean Wavemakers at Annual General Meeting

Wavemakers were announced and awarded at Oceana’s 2023 Annual General Meeting. Belizean Wavemakers are part
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Fisheries Department to enforce regulation that prohibits the placement of

The Fisheries Department is setting to enforce the regulation that prohibits the placement of fishing
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Land Dispute Tensions Persist in Yemeri Grove and Laguna

Tensions between the residents of Yemeri Grove and Laguna in the Toledo District have de-escalated
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Ethnic Tensions Remain High in Belize Land Dispute

While the government has aided in brokering a deal between the parties, the ethnic tensions
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Belize Signs Co-Management Agreements for Marine Reserves

The Government of Belize has signed an agreement with two well-established conservation NGOs for the
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Belize Seeking Funds to Replace Swing Bridge and Bel-Can Bridge

The government is looking to procure funds to replace two of Belize City’s major bridges,
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Belize Takes Steps to Increase Climate Financing and Resilience

Belize is ranked eighth in the world in climate risk, so the government is working
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Record Energy Consumption in Belize as Heat Wave Hits the

The heat wave saw a record breaking use of energy in Belize from Thursday to
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World Food Day Highlights the Vital Role of Water in

Today is World Food Day and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Balancing Economic Growth and Conservation Amid Climate Financing Demands

On the backdrop of the recently signed agreements between US Capital Energy and several southern
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San Pedro Town Council Bans Golf Carts from Water Taxis

The San Pedro Town Council is being criticized after it implemented a policy on the
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